How to Marinate Pork Belly in Different Styles (Filipino, Korean & More)


This is a one-stop guide to marinating pork belly for various recipes and styles.

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How to Marinate Pork Belly?

You can marinate pork belly with a variety of marinades, thanks to its mild flavor. Some of the most popular marinades for pork are soy sauce, red wine, red wine vinegar, etc. You need to marinate pork belly for at least 7-12 hours for flavors to sink in.

There are several recipes to prepare the marinade for pork belly, here is a quick one – 

How to marinate pork belly

How to Marinate Pork Belly?

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes

This is a quick guide to marinating pork belly using soy sauce.


  • 1 pound pork belly
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • - ground black pepper
  • - garlic powder


    1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large resealable bag or container.
    2. Add the pork belly to the bag or container, making sure that it is well coated with the marinade.
    3. Seal the bag or container and refrigerate for at least 7 hours, or overnight.

    How to Marinate Pork Belly Filipino Style

    Here is a quick step by step process to marinate pork belly Filipino style –

    In a large resealable bag, combine –

    • 3 Tbsp. minced garlic
    • 3 Tbsp. minced ginger
    • 1 Tbsp. Korean hot pepper paste (Gochujang or to taste)
    • 5 Tbsp. honey
    • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
    • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
    • Black pepper

    This can be used to marinate up to 2 lbs of pork belly.

    Add the pork belly to the bag and massage it until evenly coated with the marinade.

    Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 7 hours (up to 12 hours).

    Here is a great video on making grilled pork below Filipino style –

    How To Marinate Pork Belly For Smoking

    Smoked pork belly can be eaten on its own or used as an ingredient in other dishes making it very popular.

    There are many ways to marinate to prepare a smoked pork belly.

    A popular method is to mix together equal parts brown sugar, salt, and paprika, and then rub the mixture onto the pork belly. Other ingredients that can be used in the marinade include garlic, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

    Here is a quick and easy way to marinate pork belly for smoking using soy sauce – 

    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
    • 5 finely minced garlic cloves
    • Garlic powder
    • Salt 
    • Black pepper

    This can marinate up to 3-4 lbs of pork belly. 

    Add the pork belly to the marinating bag/container and massage / mix it until evenly coated with the marinade.

    Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 7 hours (up to 12 hours).

    Check out a SUPER video by Chuds BBQ on preparing smoked pork belly –

    How to Marinate Pork Belly Korean Style

    There are several ways you can marinate pork belly aka Samgyeopsal, as it is called in the Korean language. One of the easiest recipes involves no marination at all! But with Samgyeopsal you can explore and experiment with ease to develop a variety of flavorful recipes.

    Here is a quick method for marinating Samgyeopsal using Korean sauce –

    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
    • 2 tablespoon Korean hot pepper paste
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds

    This serves to marinate 1/2 to 1 lb of pork belly with ease. 

    Mix everything in a bag or a glass container, once done, keep in the fridge for 2-12 hours.

    Here is an awesome recipe from Jenny’s Kitchen –

    What Spices Are Good With Pork Belly?

    There are a variety of spices that can be used to enhance the flavor of pork belly. Some common options include garlic, onion, black pepper, cumin, and paprika. Other less commonly used spices include ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

    Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect blend for your dish.

    Best Marinade for Pork Belly

    Soy sauce, red wine, red wine vinegar, citrus (lemon, pineapple, grapefruit) based marinades are some of the most popular marinades for pork belly.

    Pork has a mild flavor and can literally take any kind of marinade you throw at it. But some are better than others. 

    You can go for delicate ones involving red wine or you can opt for some really powerful ones such as sauce or chipotle peppers.

    Pork absorbs marinades well thus giving a lot of scope for experimentation with flavors too.

    How Long to Marinate Pork Belly?

    According to USDA, you can marinate pork belly for up to 5 days in the fridge. Make sure that while marinating the whole thing is nicely covered. You can keep pork belly for a longer time, but there is a chance of meat becoming mushy.

    Pork belly needs to be marinated in freezer bags or plastic/glass containers.

    Do not use reactive cookware such as aluminum to store. Stainless steel would work fine with the process though.

    What is Pork Belly?

    Pork belly is a cut of pork that comes from the belly of the pig. It is typically a fatty cut of meat and is often used in dishes such as bacon, ham, and sausage.

    There are a few reasons pork belly has become popular in recent years. First, its flavor is unique and intense, making it a good choice for those looking to add more excitement to their meals.

    Second, pork belly is relatively inexpensive compared to other cuts of meat, making it a budget-friendly option.

    Finally, the fat content in pork belly helps to keep it moist and juicy, making it one of the most flavorful and satisfying meats available.

    Final Words

    I hope this quick guide to marinating pork bellies with different styles would help you prepare a delicious pork belly dish the next time.

    If you have prepared any of these, do share your suggestions on them!

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    About Amanda Jones

    Amanda is a person with an eye for detail. She has been cooking since her childhood and loves to bake too. Recently, she's made the decision to pursue baking full-time and quit her 9 to 5 job. In the meantime, she still enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, especially when it comes time for special occasions like birthdays or holidays!

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